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Councilor would include displacement, discrimination in consideration of large Boston developments

The City Council will consider a proposal by Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to add the loss of existing homes and federal laws that bar housing discrimination to the list of things developers of large projects in Boston would have to address to win city approval.

With the giant Suffolk Downs project looming at one end of her district, Edwards said developers need to start showing what they will do to keep people who already live in a particular area "to remain in communities they have built up and hold dear."

At a council meeting yesterday, Edwards said she is particularly concerned about the impact of projects large enough to warrant a formal "planned development area" designation by the BPDA - which basically throws out a site's current zoning and lets the developer and the BPDA negotiate just what the developer can build.

Edwards notes developers are already required to show what they're doing about transportation and tidelands.

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Councilor Edwards will do everything she can to avoid the obvious reality that the city must permit much more new housing than it has to date in order to meet its shortage. She is proposing band aid after band aid while consistently opposing new housing before the Zoning Board.

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Is that on my end, or is there a problem with the file?

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It shows the size as "100 bytes" which would seemingly be far too small to have any real info.

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For Boston City Council District 6 who are potential Candidates?... WestRoxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Roxbury, Mission Hill, BackOfTheHill.

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